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Anawim Christian Community is a community church made up of the homeless and the mentally ill. Our main goal is to provide for people's needs (including the need to be a disciple of Jesus) where they are at. We don't feel that a person needs to be something different before they get the help they need. Our center is in Gresham OR, which is where we lead and organize day shelters and a worship service. We also have a community house in N. Portland where housing is being provided for a few people and opportunities for community worship. We are connected to ministries in SE Portland and St. Johns, where we distribute food and clothing. And finally, through the internet, we educate people from almost every country in the world about homelessness, mental illness and the Christian response to each.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Homeless Awareness Month!

Did you know that November was Homeless Awareness Month?
Get aware by doing your part to:

Countless times a day, homeless people are rejected, falsely accused, harassed, ticketed, and even beat up, all for the “crime” of not having a roof over their heads or of being dirty or of carrying all their possessions in a backpack. The homeless are treated as the outcast of society, as those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Yet the homeless are not the cause of the evils of our society. Nor are they necessarily the outcome of our evils. The homeless are people—people who want to live and love and hope and work, just like you do. Let us not continue to punish those who are lowly in our society, but help them.

Battle the clich├ęs of the homeless
The homeless are “us”, not “them” ~Many of the homeless are good Christians or children of important citizens. Many of our neighbors and friends have been homeless at one time or another. Homelessness is not an evil, or even necessarily a tragedy. It is a stage of life that many of us have gone through.
The homeless DO work ~While most do not have jobs, they do work hard, some harder than people who have “regular jobs”. It is not easy to get up at 6am to get to dumpsters before anyone else and climb in many of them in order to get recycled cans. Other homeless volunteer at free hot meals and shelters.
Not all homeless are alcoholics ~In general, about one third of the homeless have alcohol or drug abuse problems. Many more have mental health or social difficulties. Many have had tragedies that have overwhelmed them, such as a loss of a job or the suicide of a spouse or family member.
Not all homeless are criminals or violent ~Most homeless abhor the crime and violence done by the few homeless who do because it gets them accused. The homeless have the same percentage of theft and violence as those who are housed.

Teach your children and the community not to hate the homeless.
The majority of violent crimes against the homeless are done by middle class youth who feel that they have the right to violently fulfill the prejudices of their parents and community. If our youth and community learn that the homeless are human ~people like us~ then such crimes will be reduced, even eliminated.

Meet and listen to homeless people
Find out the times and locations of local free meals and sit at the table with the homeless. Find out their real motivations and hopes and desires. You may find that they do not differ that much from your own. Be patient with a homeless person’s oddness ~you seem just as odd to them. 

Include the homeless in social events
Invite the homeless to community and church functions. However, because many of them do not believe that they would be welcome, certain assurances must be made; ~It is not necessary to be well-dressed for the function ~It may be necessary to provide transportation to and from the event, ~An announcement may be necessary to make sure that everyone is accepting of the homeless.

Support benevolence organizations that assist the homeless
Volunteer at a free meal, give to an organization that helps the homeless, give blankets and clothes to a shelter. Call a local church to find out where you can help the homeless. As you give and volunteer be a friend to those you are helping - seeing and meeting them - not a distant, nameless Benefactor.

Provide opportunities for the homeless
Provide what the homeless REALLY need ~opportunities to shower, socks, clean clothes, an address, a chance to work for money, a chance to do volunteer work for others. Be a friend to the homeless and help them get the resources they need.

East County Day Shelters

A place for those who need a safe place to be in Gresham. Sponsored by local churches.

Mondays 1-6pm @  Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE. Glisan

Tuesdays 1-8pm @ St. Henry's, 346 NW. 1st Gresham
3rd Tuesdays-Birthdays! 4th Tuesdays-Pizza!

Wednesdays 1-8pm @ Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE. Glisan
Showers! 2nd Wednesday-BBQ!

Thursdays 1-6pm @ East Hill Foursquare Church (Youth Center), 701 N. Main
Pool Table! Movies!

Fridays 2-5pm @ Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE. Glisan 

Anawim Meeting Times

Services for Gresham Street Folks
19626 NE Glisan, Gresham
Saturdays 11-3pm
Meal, clothes, showers available, Worship at 1pm

Services in SE Portland CLOSED
Due to lack of funds we have had to close the doors 
on our SE location.
1821 SE 39th (a few blocks south of Hawthorne)
Sunday 4pm, worship, showers, clothes
Free meal available at 5:30
Tuesday 4pm , showers, clothes
Free meal at 6pm

Sunnyside Meal
SE 35th and Yamhill Fridays 6pm
Free meal and worship

Bible Verses About the Poor

~The society that listens to God’s word and provides for the poor will have no poor among them. 
 However, because of the disobedience of his people, the poor will always be among the people. (Deuteronomy 15:4-11)

~While many love the rich, even the neighbor of the poor hates them. If you hate your neighbor in need, you sin, but if you help the poor, God blesses you. (Proverbs 14:20-21)

~The Creator will punish the one who mocks the poor. (Proverbs 17:5)

~Sell what you have and give to the poor. (Luke 12:33)

~Invite the poor to your parties and events. (Luke 14:13)

~Associate with the lowly, treating them as equals, and so love your neighbor as yourself. (James 2:1-8)

~The one who is kind to the poor is giving a loan to God and God will repay in time. (Proverbs 19:17)

~Until the poor are assisted, God will not listen to our prayers. But after we do justice to the oppressed, then the Lord will answer our cries. (Isaiah 58:6-11)

~The economics of God is that those who have more than what they need give to those who have need, so that everyone’s need is met. At another time, one who was given to will give to those who gave, so all give and all receive in their need. (II Corinthians 8:12-15)

~When you give, give out of compassion and care for the other person’s need, or it does you no good.
 (I Corinthians 13:3)

~When you give to the poor, do it for God’s sake, not for your own benefit so others will be impressed or give you benefit for your giving. If you give to be rewarded by men, you will receive nothing from God for your work. (Matthew 6:1-3)

~No matter how great you think you are, if you oppress the poor,
God will crush you and make you die.(Psalm 82)

~Those who oppress the poor will die at God’s hand,
but the righteous poor will be given the wealth of the wicked. (Psalm 37)

Prayer Requests

~Please pray for those who will need shelter in emergency weather.
The cities of Multnomah County provide shelter on the THIRD day of emergency weather. We are trying to organize help for the first day.

~Please pray that we will be organized with other churches before the weather gets truly bad.

~Please pray for the many newly homeless that have to learn to survive the winter quickly.

~Please pray for Connie, Tim, Teresa, Pic and others who have long term health problems on the street.


Below are just the most urgent of needs. 
For a full list, please contact our email address.

~Two-man tents
~Rain coats/pants
~Hearty, ready to eat canned food
~Men’s pants size 30-38 waist
~Disposable razor blades
~A van for Jeff Strong


Free Clinics for The Homeless
Good News Community Health Center and Compassion Connect will be providing medical appointments, free vacines, haircuts, Some resourcing/stress management planning, dental appointment lists. Clinic is available for the uninsured only.
Dates this year will be: 
November 21, 
December 19, 
January 16, 
and February 27.
Free winter clinics will be located in Gresham, at Trinity Lutheran Church basement
on Powell and Eastman Parkway from 2-4pm.

A Benefit Worship Concert to support Anawim
Hosted by The Chapel
Friday, December 10, 6:30pm; free dinner at 5:30pm.
27132 SE Stark Street, Troutdale, 97060 Come one, come all!

For information about any of these events, please contact Steve Kimes,